TAMIL NADU

Guru's name being misused: Veliyam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22. The CPI State secretary, Mr. Veliyam Bhargavan, has regretted the misuse of Sree Narayana Guru's name by liquor barons to serve their selfish interests.

In his reply to a question in the latest issue of the party organ, "Navayugom", Mr. Bhargavan has pointed out that when Sree Narayana Guru established the SNDP Yogam, it was not an organisation exclusively of the Ezhavas and that it became a communal organisation of the Ezhavas only much later.

In recent times, one has also begun to witness the organisation being used for their selfish interests, he said and added that the worst example of this tendency was the ongoing campaign that exclusion of private contractors from the liquor industry would be against the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru.

"This campaign is apt to create the impression in the minds of the younger generation that the great man who spoke against making, selling and consuming liquor was the godfather of the liquor lobby," Mr. Bhargavan says.

The CPI leader conceded that majority of those employed in the liquor industry are Ezhavas. The 75,000-odd workers and a majority of abkari contractors belonged to the community. He wanted to know for whose interests the SNDP Yogam general secretary, Mr. Vellappally Natesan, stands.

In his opinion, it is clear that Mr. Natesan was not arguing for the workers. If it were so, Mr. Natesan would not have opposed the LDF Government's decision to reorganise the toddy industry by constituting cooperative societies run by the workers.

The people who stand to lose from this are the abkari contractors. People like Mr. Natesan were using Sree Narayana Guru's name to protect their interests, he adds.

Mr. Bhargavan pointed out that there were instances galore in history of disintegration of great movements because they were used for the selfish interests of those heading them.

The condition of the SNDP Yogam, he says, was no different. "The present leadership of the SNDP Yogam was trying to downgrade Sree Narayana Guru into the patron of liquor barons of the community for the uplift of which he worked. What worse betrayal of the Guru could be there," he asks.